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Courtly Road scheduled for rehabilitation this year

One more road project is now slated for completion this fall.

Courtly Road, from Century Avenue to Lake Road, will be fixed up this year, City Engineer Klayton Eckles said.

The decision to reconstruct a half-mile of Courtly Road was made by city of Woodbury staff in order to take advantage of the historic low bids offered by contractors, he added.

The public improvement hearing was held Wednesday, May 25, where council members approved preparation of plans and specification for the Courtly Road rehabilitation project.

Eckles said the funds for the $480,300 project would come from street reconstruction/maintenance, storm water utility and water and sewer utility funds and assessments.

Staff felt the project could be added fairly quickly and finished before major issues, aside from the blacktop deteriorating, arise, Eckles said.

Courtly Road was built in 1980 and sees 2,350 vehicles a day. It has a number of multi-family homes as well as commercial units.

The scope of the project includes removal and replacement of damaged curb and gutter, and minor storm sewer, sanitary and water main repairs.

Based on preliminary estimates, townhomes, twin homes and condos located at Courtly Road -- 159 units -- will be assed $209 each.

Four commercial properties will be assessed a total of $87,329, but that amount may be corrected or modified once the appraisal process is done, Eckles said.

The businesses have access to both Lake Road and Courtly Road, but only three have direct access to Courtly.

The city's assessment policy defines benefiting properties as those immediately adjacent to the road, but Penn Cycle, which is part of the overall commercial development and has direct access to Courtly Road, is identified as a benefiting property.

"Because Penn Cycle does not have adjacent frontage, an 'area basis' methodology is being used to distribute the commercial assessment," according to a council report.

About 90 percent of the project cost for the commercial properties frontage is being distributed to each of the four lots based on their parcel size.

Council member Paul Rebholz praised the idea of going forward with an additional road construction project this year as opposed to waiting.

"Spending equals saving," he said, explaining that the city will save approximately $75,000 by getting this project pushed to 2011.

An assessment hearing and bid approval will be held Aug. 24, followed by a neighborhood meeting scheduled for late August.

Construction will begin in early September and be completed by late October.

Riham Feshir
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